June  2017

Sustainability Awards

Guest Speaker: Josh Byrne – environmental scientist, author, research academic & ABC TV’s Gardening Australia presenter

Overall Winner: Eaglehawk Recycle Shop

Category Winners:

Business more than 10 full time employees: Eaglehawk Recycle Shop

Small Business less than 10 full time employees: The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery & Cafe

Community: Ironbark Gully Friends

Home & Garden: Rebecca Dannals

Early/Primary Education: Eppalock Primary School

Secondary/Tertiary Education: Victory Christian College

October 2016

Sustainable House Days


March 2015

Sustainability Awards

Guest Speaker: Phillip Johnson- Landscape Designer, designer of 2013 Chelsea Garden Best in Show

Overall Winner:

Category Winners:

Business more than 10 full time employees: Hazeldene Chicken Farm

Small Business less than 10 full time employees: Stay Social


Home & Garden: Paul & Clare Kirkpatrick

Early/Primary Education: Axedale Primary School

Secondary/Tertiary Education: Bendigo Senior Secondary College

November 2013

Sustainability Awards

August 2012

Megawatt Energy Fair, Big Hill


Annual Sustainable House Tour

November 2011

Bendigo Celebrates Sustainable Living
A day of food, gardening and music! A day community celebration which included live entertainment, gardening workshops, and cooking demonstrations. Highlights were special guest Costa from SBS’s Costa’s Garden Odyssey, local band The McAlpine Fusiliers, the pedal powered juice makers, juggling workshops, Sustainable Fashion on the Fields, and free bike servicing.


Goldfields SolarHub Project
The Goldfields SolarHub project assisted 648 households and businesses to install solar PV, resulting in a total installed capacity of 1.9MW. (2010-2012. Funding from Sustainability Victoria.)


Refit n’ Save
Refit n’ Save partnered five community sustainability groups to build a network of reliable, local suppliers, making energy smart and cost effective choices easier for 800 households. (2010-2011. Funding from Sustainability Victoria.)


Bendigo Business Sustainability Program
The Bendigo Business Sustainability Program worked local businesses through the web based tool Grow Me The Money to reduce their environmental impact and business costs. We helped businesses set up green teams, develop and implement action plans, communicate with staff, and understand their energy bills and energy use. (2010-2012. Funding from VECCI: Grow Me The Money)

March 2010

Peppergreen Farm Community Festival


Bendigo Community Farmers Market Established
The Bendigo Community Farmers Market was initially an action group, but now, through our support, it has become a successful entity in its own right. Congratulations to all those who’ve made it such a huge success! The BCFM is a monthly VFMA accredited Farmers Market held on the 2nd Saturday of the month in Sidney Myer Place. We have averaged 45 sellers plus a community barbeque, community stall, CFA, information and demonstration tents




Incorporation: May 26


Bendigo Sustainability Group Established